Senator Johnson Opposes Third Track

Craig M. Johnson

August 22, 2007

There has been a lot of chatter lately regarding the MTA's proposed Third Track expansion. I feel it is important to reiterate my opposition to this project.

I am against Third Track and will continue to oppose Third Track until the MTA presents a clear plan to the community that is approved by residents, civic organizations, and local officials.

As it stands, I have grave concerns about the current proposal and the disastrous effect it will have on the quality of life in many of the communities it will touch.

This has always been my stance, contrary to rumors and innuendo that has been manufactured by those who put politics ahead of the needs of our communities.

Since taking office, I have worked closely with the New Hyde Park Save Our Village Association to make sure that the voices of opposition to this project are not ignored.

I agree with their stance that this is a regional issue, not just a Nassau issue. To that end, I prevailed in securing an extra 61 days for public comment on a Kings Park plan that would make it easier to transport freight from tractor trailers to our rail system.

This project, coupled with the Third Track, could severely and negatively alter the quality of life for residents in Bellerose, Floral Park, New Hyde Park, Garden City Park, Garden City, Carle Place, Mineola, Hicksville and the surrounding communities. Despite this impact, many residents in our communities were not alerted to this project's significance.

With this additional time for public comments, which will last until Sept. 24, we have been able to get the word out and provide the opportunity for every voice to be heard.

I have also met with MTA officials to express my own opposition, as well as the opposition of many of our residents.

This is an issue that trumps political affiliation and all the other philosophical differences that keep us apart.

If we all stand together, I believe we will have the strength to maintain the quality of life that we treasure and want to preserve for our children and our children's children.

Note: More details about the Long Island Truck – Rail Inter Modal Facility in Kings Park can be found at my Web site, or at